Follow-Up Resources from "Tricky Teaching" Sermon Series

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In this blog post we are including our power point slides from our "Tricky Teaching" Sermon Series, follow-up articles and resources, and some of the main criteria to use for discerning tricky teaching. Enjoy!



From “Tricky Teaching” Series titled, “Tricky Preaching” by Pastor Tom. Preached on September 24th, 2017:

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10 Characteristics of Tricky Teachers According to II Peter Chapter 2:

(1)       They are found in the church, “among you” – II Peter 2:1
(2)       They will “exploit the Christians,” (Meaning to take advantage of unethically or unjustly for one's own gain).  – II Peter 2:3
(3)       Their teachings and practices are heretical, destructive to those who follow them – II Peter 2:13
(4)       They bring destruction on themselves, others, and bring Christianity into disrepute - II Peter 2:2
(5)       These teachers face certain condemnation and destruction although it is still future – II Peter 2:3
6)         They “despise” authority even God’s authority – II Peter 2:10
7)         Are greedy and never stop sinning – II Peter 2:14-15
8)         They use people for their own purpose and gratification – II Peter 2:13-14
9)         They have no shame for their sin; they flaunt it – II Peter 2:13-14
10)       They take advantage of vulnerable Christians – II Peter 2:14, 18

From “Tricky Teaching” Series titled, “The Charlatan” by Pastor Mike.
Preached on October 1st, 2017 (Not recorded due to audio difficulties):

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10 Reasons Malachi 3:8-12 Does NOT Mean God Will Always Bless Us Financially if We Tithe (7 page document given as a sermon follow-up to Holden Chapel Congregants on Sunday, October 8th, 2017). 

A Statement on the Prosperity Gospel by the Lausanne Movement. Very robust and clear explanation of the movement and what should not be affirmed.

In 2014 Pastor Mike blogged a lengthy, 4-part response to Kate Bowler's book, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, focusing on the pervasiveness, portals, problems and passages of the American Prosperity Gospel. That can be accessed on his personal blog here

From “Tricky Teaching” Series titled, “The Speculator and the False Prophet – the Truth You’d Rather Hear!” by Pastor Tom. Preached on October 8th, 2017

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How do we test false prophecy? After all:

  1. Signs and wonders don’t always equal authenticity. - Mt.24:24

  2. Accuracy doesn’t always equal authenticity. - Acts 16:16-18

The Bible provides four tests to determine the genuineness of a prophet.

  1. Does the conduct of the prophet reflect godly character? Mt.7:15-17

  2. Are their words consistent with Scripture? 2 Peter 1:16-20

  3. Are they drawing attention to themselves? II Peter 2:13-14

  4. Are they getting rich from their ministry? Acts 16:15

From “Tricky Teaching” Series titled, “The Divider” by Pastor Mike.
Preached on October 15th, 2017

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What is the Way to True Unity? How do we avoid ungodly division?
We pursue unity by asking ourselves the same three questions the Apostle Paul asks the Corinthians in I Corinthians 4:7:

  • Who makes you different from anyone else?

  • What do you have that you did not receive?

  • If you did receive it, why are you boasting as though you

    From “Tricky Teaching” Series titled, “The Abuser” by Pastor Tom.
    Preached on October 22nd, 2017 (Not recorded due to audio difficulties):

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Suggested Resources for those who have suffered Sexual Abuse:

  1.  On The Threshold of Hope, by Diane Langberg.

  2.  Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes, by Robert W. Kellerman.


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